“If I Had a Hammer” and “This Land Is Your Land,” are the hits, Trini Lopez most remembered for. The US Singer who enjoyed a heyday in the 1960s died Tuesday from complications related to coronavirus. Trini Lopez’s death reported at 83.
Mexican-American singer Trini Lopez had a hit in 1963 with his version and played one of The Dirty Dozen. Lopez, a professional guitarist, was mentored by Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra and designed two instruments for the Gibson Guitar Corporation.
Lopez passed away in Palm Springs, California, of complications. Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters was among those paying tribute, declaring he had left “a beautiful music legacy”. He described his own Trini Lopez guitar as his “most prized possession” and said it had been “the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one”.
Lopez had been in and out of a hospital setting for nearly six weeks before dying about 5 a.m. at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California, stated songwriting partner Joe Chavira.
If I Had a Hammer singer, Trini Lopez’s death at 83
Filmmaker P. David Ebersole, who just completed shooting a documentary on Lopez with Todd Hughes, affirmed Trini Lopez’s death.
Lopez was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1937 and grew up in the Little Mexico neighborhood. He was compelled to drop out of high school in his senior year as he was low on money and needed to earn it to maintain his family.
Sharing on Instagram, Grohl honored Lopez’s Gibson guitar line, which he has used on every Foo Fighters album.
“Today the world sadly lost yet another legend, Trini Lopez. Trini not only left a beautiful musical legacy of his own but also unknowingly helped shape the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one,” captioned Grohl.
“Every album we have ever made, from the first to the latest, was recorded with my red 1967 Trini Lopez signature guitar. It is the sound of our band and my most prized possession from the day I bought it in 1992. Thank you, Trini for all of your contributions. You will be missed by many, remembered by all.”